Amazon Debuts $50 'Basic' Fire TV Stick for International Users

08 November, 2017, 10:22 | Author: Becky Perry

However, the new Basic Edition is based on the 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick, but without Alexa. Customers can set their default language to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English.

As rumours continue to swirl that Amazon Australia will officially launch in time for Black Friday, there are some interesting clues to be found in Amazon's launch strategy for its latest product: the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. The expansion brought Prime Video as a standalone video subscription service to over 200 countries and territories, and followed a similar move by Netflix at the beginning of previous year. The streaming stick ships with a MediaTek quad-core ARM processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, pairs that with a Mali450 MP4 GPU, and tosses in a mere 1GB of RAM. The retail giant rectified that today when it announced the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, but to call it an upgrade would be a stretch. Since Alexa is absent, the remote also does not have the voice command button.

In any case, if you're interested in buying the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, it's available for purchase now and will start shipping out tomorrow, November 8. The 8GB storage is intended for downloading and installing apps and games. The standard 802.11ac Wi-Fi also arrives with Dolby audio and High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) support to allow 1080p HD streaming. It's a small dongle that plugs directly into an HDMI port on your TV or monitor, or even an HDMI switch if you'd like to easily move between sources.

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What's a little more confusing is that the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition costs $49.99 - $10 more than the 3rd generation Fire TV Stick, which does come with Alexa support.

While that is fine, the device is strangely also available in the U.S., which does have Alexa.

Pricing varies in each locality. Whether or not that price hike is worth paying is ultimately up to you, but if you decide you want it, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now from Amazon.

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